Excerpt: (In order to get the full effect of the following review you need to read it real fast. As if you are in a rally car, going over hills, cutting corners, drifting on dirt and avoiding spectators.
Excerpt: Vanguard II was released in the arcades back in 1984. This small space shooter/bomber game makes its way to the PSN in the form of the PS3 and PSP compatible mini. Is it worth going back and...
Pros: + Fun and challenging game play, + Works well with both systems
Cons: Controls take some getting used to, Later levels get very difficult
Conclusion: It’s no Richard Burns Rally and nor does it hold a light to Codemasters’ DiRT games, but WRC is a surprisingly enjoyable take on the sport that gets the fundamentals right. It’s a shame that its often excellent and consistently exciting driving model is hidden under layers of turgid presentation and uninspired visuals, but those dedicated enough to see through it all will be as happy as pigs in mud.
Conclusion: On the whole, Army of Two is really a stand-out title when it comes to stressing the importance of teamwork. Being built around cooperative gameplay, it really is a game to sit down and play with a friend; the AI is competent, but relying solely on it makes for a shallow experience that isn’t as rewarding. A few of the co-op features feel a little gimmicky, but ultimately work in their implementation.
Conclusion: WRC FIA World Rally Championship 2 must have the most apt videogame name of 2011. It’s bloated, cumbersome and little has changed from last year, and in that way bears many parallels to the game itself. However, it’s also earnest, uncompromising and serves its purpose well enough, and in that sense it is equally a fitting title. It’s certainly the best dedicated rallying game available on the market, and I only half-intend that to be a backhanded compliment.
Excerpt: Army of Two is a brave step by EA. Despite being responsible for some of the most entertaining games released over the past few years the publisher still has a bad reputation with certain gamers, and Army of Two was looking to change that. As a brand new IP with a clear focus on cooperative gameplay we had high hopes, but for every moment where the ideas seem fresh, the gameplay feels awkward, often to the extent that the fundamental mechanics feel broken.
Conclusion: But even with its AI and command shortcomings and its a-few-chapters-short story, Army of Two is a strong co-op game that delivers a compelling experience at a time of year when gamers are clamoring for something new. The newness doesn't come in the gameplay itself, which combines the mechanics of several games, but in the execution of it all as a single, cohesive package.
Conclusion: Yes both games feature large men carrying guns in third person perspective, but this is not a Gears of War knock off. Army of Two is a surprisingly engaging fun new series from EA where you get to play soldier of fortune (Blackwater anyone?) with a buddy (or alone, but play with a pal, it's more fun) in a very violent contemporary world. Yes, it has some tech issues.
Pros: Private military? Great use of current events to twist the standard shooter plot-line, Very compelling co-op experience, Shopping for and customizing weapons brings 'loot' concept to the shooter, If you don't take it too seriously the jovial banter can be fun, The inclusion of "aggro" is a concept every shooter should adopt, Private military? Great use of current events to twist the standard shooter plot-line, Very compelling co-op experience, Shopping for and customi...
Cons: AI is very inconsistent, Despite multiple objectives, level design is very linear, Objectives can be hard to find, AI is very inconsistent, Despite multiple objectives, level design is very linear, Objectives can be hard to find
Summary: Army of Two removes the mold and stale stench from the third-person genre; while trying to implement an entire co-op experience which rarely falls short in any category. If there is ever a sequel released to this game, we’ll be more than excited to check it out.
Pros: Great partner AI, Solid online experience, Co-op play is brilliant
Cons: Objective sometimes disappears online, Weapon customization is unbalanced, Crosshair feels a bit "wild"